Students collaborating at the Learning Commons

While Capilano University implements enhanced safety measures related to COVID-19, the Writing Centre’s services will be exclusively online.

For Fall 2021, our instructors are providing both synchronous (Zoom) support asynchronous (email) support.

Synchronous support: Drop-in writing consultations on Zoom during these times:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 – 4 p.m. (PST)

Join us on Zoom

All sessions are first come, first served. No appointment necessary. Students must have a CapU email and student ID.

When other students are waiting, meetings will not exceed 20 minutes. Please be prepared to stay in the waiting room until it is your turn and the instructor lets you in.

So that all CapU students can take advantage of this support, please don’t expect to have more than two Zoom consultations per week.

Asynchronous support: Writing feedback provided by email on weekdays

Email writingcentreonline@capilanou.ca to receive writing support from a Writing Centre instructor within 24 hours on weekdays.

  • your specific writing-related question(s), which might concern grammar, MLA/APA style, thesis development, etc.;
  • if applicable, a file of your work in progress, whether this is an essay draft, an outline, or another genre in any stage of development (an attachment in Word or Pages is preferred, but a Google Docs link is also accepted as long as you grant access);
  • the assignment guidelines (if you’re sending us a specific assignment to look at).

To receive feedback, students must use their CapU student email account. Please do not submit a given assignment more than twice. Also, make substantial changes based on our feedback before sending your assignment back a second time.

We welcome a second draft if you've made significant changes and have new questions you'd like to ask us about it.

How we can help

Writing Centre instructors can help you with any questions relating to your writing process, including but not limited to: 

  • understanding a course text;
  • planning an assignment;
  • getting feedback on a draft;
  • making sense of errors that your course instructors have flagged in their assignment feedback;
  • engaging with, integrating, and documenting source material using MLA, APA, Chicago, or any other academic style; and
  • understanding academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism. 

In accordance with our usual practices at the Writing Centre, instructors and Peer Tutors are not available to edit/proofread your work.

Instead, we will highlight errors in a portion of your assignment, provide some general comments, and point you in the direction of relevant resources. Please see our statement on Proofreading vs. Instructional Editing.


Have questions?

Writing Centre

604 984 4956 , ext. 4956
Library Building, room LB126

Please note the new location.